Sunday, February 15, 2009

One Man’s Trash

We check out classroom sets of supplemental books from our library. Unfortunately, students can not check out a book if they have something overdue. This turns into a sour subject. Students make grand statements, like "Fine, if I fail English it will be your fault". OK, I don't think that is correct, but anyway, I found the answer. Instead of throwing away the old discard copies of classroom sets, I now keep them. We call them trash copies. If you have an overdue, then you take a trash copy. It is falling apart and we don’t care if we ever see it again. Return your overdues and you can check out a book with all of its pages. It works great. The picture shows our collection of trash copies to be given away. There are kept in a back room.

1 comment:

  1. I use this same practice in my high school library. Students have yet to keep those tattered discard. I like to think that they're thinking of other students who may find themselves in that same situation.